Personnel includes: Will Downing, Mica Paris, Audrey Wheeler, Chante Moore (vocals); Ronnie Foster (arranger); Jonathan Butler (guitar); Alex Foster (saxophone); Anthony Jackson (bass).
Producers include: Will Downing, Barry J. Eastmond, Wayne Brathwaite, Ronnie Foster, Rex Rideout.
Compilation producers: Donald Cleveland, Harry Weinger.
Recorded between 1988 and 2000. Includes liner notes by Will Downing and Donald Cleveland.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Liner Note Author: Donald Cleveland.
Photographer: Carol Friedman.
Arranger: Ronnie Foster.
Greatest Love Songs compiles many of smooth vocalist Will Downing's best and most passionate songs, beginning with his self-titled album (1988) and reaching all the way to his later work with Motown, All the Man You Need (2000). It's a nicely balanced compilation, featuring a few songs from each of Downing's albums, including some of his R&B hits such as "Free," "I Try," and "I Go Crazy." Since most of Downing's albums can be quite spotty, it's convenient to have a distillation of his work such as this, even if it focuses mostly on his more seductive and gentle songs. As an added bonus, Downing includes brief observations on each of the songs in the liner notes. ~ Jason Birchmeier